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How to share a wish list

Sharing an online wish list with family and close friends makes gift giving more fun and less stressful. Here is how to do it:

  • Find an online service to make your list that lets you add items from any store
  • Decide who you want to share the list with
  • If a broad audience like all your friends, set your list privacy to public and email them the link or post it on social media
  • If a more private audience like your family, create a group and invite your family members to join. They can see your list and you can see their lists.
  • Gift givers can mark items “purchased” on the lists to avoid duplicates, and with services like Giftster the list maker won’t know the status of each item keeping the surprise.

  • For details on exactly how you share a wishlist with, read on.

    I want to...

    Share with family & friends for birthdays and holidays

    Best for family and close friend gift exchanges, where "checking giftster" will become an ongoing part of each upcoming birthday and holiday like Christmas.

    How? Start or join a giftster group.

    Why start or join a group?

    Sharing your list with others is one benefit, you help others select things you really need or want. Even better, when you can see their lists, you can do the same for them. A giftster group facilitates this. You only have to set it up once. Then anyone in the group that logs in sees a list of the group members and their lists, and you see theirs. You get and give gifts that matter most, year after year.

    Just select the my groups page to start a group, or use member search to find and join an existing group.

    Leave your lists at the default shared privacy and only group members can view and reserve items on your list.

    Share my personal wish list publicly with anyone

    If you want to focus on the getting and not the giving part.

    How? Set list privacy and gift preferences to public.

    Now anyone can discover your list and preferences by using member search with your name or email address. Or you can post your share link for the list on Facebook or Twitter or email it or include it on an invitation to an event.

    Visitors to your list can see all your details, pictures, and follow the links you provided to purchase the items. They can mark items reserved or purchased, and they don't even need their own giftster account to do so.

    Tip: You can be in a group and make your list public, so you participate in the group and anyone outside the group can also shop your list.

    Share for a wedding, bridal, or baby shower registry, or other event

    How? Make a list and gift preferences with privacy set to public.

    Why use giftster for my registry?

    If you have started making a list and used fetch, you already know why. Making your list with giftster is easy and fun.

    You can add items from any store, online or offline. You don't have to shop first, you can just add items using your own words, and let the guests make the specific selection if you wish.

    Just make your giftster registry list your one central list for everything.

    Tip: Want to provide guests with a mailing address next to your online list? If so, add the mailing address for packages to your gift preferences profile, set privacy to public, and giftster automatically displays the address to those shopping as guest on your list.

    Tip: If you do have a list of items already added at a store level registry, you could re-add them to giftster, or you could add a giftster item that is a link to your store level registry. Up to you.

    Make private lists of gift ideas only I can see

    Don't want to use the power of giftster to view each other's lists, but just want your own private list maker?

    How? If this is you, just set list privacy to private. Then collect ideas and make as many lists as you like. Nobody else can see what's on them, except you.

    You might use the star ranking as a sort tool. For example one star means you didn't buy it yet. 5 stars means you did. You can invent how you want to use giftster.